Broadcaster and former BBC Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross will speak in Exeter tonight about why he believes people’s views on crime are based more on ‘anecdote and quackery’ than science.
Mr Ross will share his ideas during a lecture at the University of Exeter about why crime exists and how to tackle it.
The talk on the main Streatham Campus near the city centre comes soon as Mr Ross launches his new book: ‘Crime: how to solve it, and why so much of what we’re told is wrong.’
He will explain why crime rose dramatically, why it has fallen across the western world, and why he feels ‘politicians and police should learn from the success of medicine and treat crime as a disease’.
Professor Steve Thornton, dean of the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “Nick Ross has been a strong supporter of the Medical School. He has an interest in medical education, and I am certain that his broadcasting experience will contribute to a fascinating and engaging lecture on a topic that affects us all.”
Crime levels in Exeter City Centre have fallen steadily since the start of the year from 270 in January to 227 in June.
But the number of violent crimes was the same in both months at 34, down from 72 in December 2012.
Mr Ross presented radio and TV for almost 40 years, including World at One, A Week in Politics and launched breakfast TV and shows including Watchdog.
He produced, directed and reported several award-winning documentaries, but is best known for Crimewatch which he fronted for 23 years.
He is a campaigner for science and evidence-based medicine and is a visiting professor and honorary fellow at UCL where he founded the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.
His book, ‘Crime: how to solve it, and why so much of what we’re told is wrong’, was published in the summer.